Saturday, May 30, 2015

FAMU Rattlers hope to regroup against FAU

Saturday, 1 p.m.: No 2 FAU vs. No. 4 FAMU; TV: ESPN3

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Florida A&M’s baseball team isn’t done yet, but it’ll have to improve to survive another game in the double-elimination Gainesville Regional.

The Rattlers were drubbed 19-0 by the No. 4 Florida Gators, and head coach Jamey Shouppe said the team needs to be ready to represent both FAMU (23-24) and the MEAC better when it takes the field against Florida Atlantic (40-18) in the loser’s bracket at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“It was just too much Florida,” Shouppe said.

“They kept putting the pressure on us. I thought early on we showed a chance to stay in the game. In baseball anything can happen. As the game wore on, it was like the tide coming in. Too much orange and blue.”


Texas Southern Tigers fall to Texas A&M 5-0

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Juniors Matt Kent and Andrew Vinson combined on the shutout as the No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies scored a 5-0 win over the Texas Southern Tigers in NCAA College Station Regional Friday evening on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. It marked the Aggies’ first NCAA tournament shutout since a 3-0 shutout against Arizona to win the 2011 NCAA College Station Regional.

With the win, Texas A&M (46-11) advances to play the California Golden Bears, winners of a 9-3 contest against Coastal Carolina, on Saturday evening at 6:05 pm.

Kent (8-1) equaled a career-high with his nine strikeouts on the evening. He scattered six hits and one walk on the evening, keeping the Tigers prolific running game under control. Vinson mowed through 2.0 innings, retiring three with strikeouts and inducing a double play in the ninth to erase the only base runner he allowed.

Nick Banks gave the Aggies a lead in the fourth inning when he delivered a full count offering into the visitors bullpen in rightfield for a two-run home run.

Texas Southern starter Ryan Rios (6-2) would keep the Aggies at bay for the remainder of his 6.2 innings of work. He was saddled with the loss allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out four.

The Aggies were able to take advantage of a couple Tigers errors in the eighth to add insurance runs. Mitchell Nau was hit by the first pitch of the frame and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Logan Taylor poked a fly ball to rightfield, but an error put runners on the corners. After Nick Banks was caught looking at strike three for the first out of the inning, Taylor stole second base. Hunter Melton dropped a Bermuda Triangle double down the rightfield line to plate Nau. Logan Nottebrok followed with an RBI single through the left side and an error on a grounder by Nick Choruby to second base plated Melton for the 5-0 lead.

Allemand, Banks, Melton and Nau each logged two hits for the Maroon and White.

With the loss, Texas Southern (31-18) moves to an elimination game against Coastal Carolina at 12 pm on Saturday.

Texas Southern (31-18)

Team Notes

- With the loss Texas Southern will face Coastal Carolina tomorrow at 12 p.m. in an elimination game.

- With the loss the Tigers fell to 0-15 all-time against Texas A&M.

- The Tigers finished with 12 strikeouts on the night, their 9th game this season with double-digits whiffs.

- Texas Southern finished 0-for-14 with runners on base and 0-for8 with runners in scoring position.

- After a first inning doubles the Tigers did not record an extra base hit for the remainder of the game.

Individual Notes

- Christopher Scroggins laced a double down the right field line in the top of the first inning, the junior has now reached base in 13 straight games with a base hit in each of the last four games.

- Robert Garza finished with a pair of singles against the Aggies, the shortstop now has 15 multi-hit games this season. DH Kameron Dukes also managed a pair of singles, his third multi-hit outing this year.

- Senior Zach Welz extended his on base streak to 15 games, current leader for the Tigers, reaching with a hit-by-pitch in the third and a walk in the sixth inning.

- Sophomore Ryan Rios was saddled with the loss (6-3) after allowing a pair of earned runs through 6.2 innings of work. The right-hander allowed eight base runners (7 H, 1 BB) on the day, striking our four after facing 28 batters on the evening.

- Relievers Seth Oliver and Larry Romero each tossed .2 innings to close out the Tiger’s pitching efforts on the night. Oliver allowed a pair of hits and three runs (1 ER) while striking out two. Romero allowed a walk while facing four batters.


Florida A&M Snaps Six-Game Win Streak with Loss to #3 Florida in NCAA Regional

GAINESVILLE, Florida -- Florida A&M (23-24) only managed three hits against #3 Florida (45-16) pitching in a 19-0 loss in front of 3,833 fans at McKethan Stadium on Friday night. The NCAA Regional opening round loss snapped a six-game winning streak by the Rattlers. FAMU only had five base runners on three hits, a walk and a hit-by-pitch on the night, with three of them making it to second base. Ricky Page tied a career-high with five strikeouts despite the loss. Rattler pitching hit seven batters on the night, the most hit batters for Florida this season. 13 of the Gators’ runs came over the final four innings.

Rattler starter Ricky Page (2-1) suffered the loss after working 2 1/3 innings and tying a season-high with five strikeouts. Page allowed six runs (three earned) on five hits with three walks and threw 51 pitches.

AJ Elkins, Marlon Gibbs and Ryan Kennedy accounted for FAMU’s three hits.

Florida designated hitter JJ Schwarz had a hot bat as he went 4-for-5 with five RBI and three runs scored. Schwarz hit his 15th home run of the season, a solo shot to left center to led off the sixth inning. Right fielder Jeremy Vasquez was 3-for-3 with a double, RBI and two runs scored.

UF worked the bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the second inning, but only managed one run for an early 1-0 lead. The bases were loaded after Peter Alonso, Schwarz and Vasquez recorded three straight singles to open the home half of the second inning. Mike Rivera then plated Alonso from third, with a sac fly to right, for the Gators’ first run of the game.

The Gators pushed their lead to 6-0 with five runs (two earned) in the third inning. Florida had the bases loaded again with no outs before Schwarz drew a bases loaded walk to bring home the first run of the inning. Offensively for the Gators in the third, Vasquez and Dalton Guthrie had RBI singles, Rivera had a fielder’s choice RBI and Harrison Bader’s sac fly to right brought home the final run of the inning.

In the top of the fourth inning, FAMU had runners on first and second with two outs, but were unable to score. Elkins singled to left with one out and after Gibbs went down on strikes, Kennedy also singled to left that put runners on first and second. Michael Birdsong then grounded out to first to end the inning.

In the fifth, Florida added three more runs to increase the lead to 9-0. A walk to Vasquez to start the inning and Rivera was hit in the knee by a pitch from Tyler Reker that pulled Rivera from the game as runners were on first and second with no outs. Mark Kolozsvary came in to pinch-run for Rivera at first before both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Bader then roped a two-run single into the left center gap. After Bader stole second, Buddy Reed doubled him home with another ball into the left-center gap for the third run of the inning.

The Gators added two more runs in the sixth to make the score 11-0. Schwarz led off the sixth with his 15th home run of the season into the trees behind the left field wall. Vasquez followed with a double down the right line as Ryan Larson then came in to pinch run for Vasquez at second. Larson moved to third on a fly out to right from Kolozsvary and came home to score on Carl Hicks pinch-hit sac fly to center.

UF would score two runs in the seventh and six runs (five earned) in the eighth for a final score of 19-0.


Florida starter Logan Shore (8-6) earned the win after pitching five shutout innings and threw 58 pitches. Shore allowed just two hits with two strikeouts, one walk and one hit batter.

Florida A&M will face Florida Atlantic (40-18) on Saturday at 1:00 PM in an elimination game of the Gainesville Regional. The game will be televised on ESPN3.

As always, fans can follow Rattler Baseball on Twitter @FAMUAthletics and live stats will be available via

FAMU v. Florida Play-by-Play


Friday, May 29, 2015

Mike Newell hired to coach Dillard Bleu Devils basketball team

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiaba  -- The Dillard University Department of Athletics announced that Mike Newell has been named Bleu Devils head men's basketball coach.

Newell takes over a struggling men's program that produced only two road wins and a total of 15 wins in the last four years. To their credit, the Bleu Devils did make a run to the 2013 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference tournament championship game, shocking inner city rivals Xavier University (quarter-finals) as well as Southern University at New Orleans (semi-finals) in memorable fashion, only to fall to eventual champions Philander Smith College.

"I believe Coach Newell's experience will help take our program to another level. His expertise in recruiting and player skill development make him an excellent fit," said Dillard's athletic director, Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes.

Newell has over 30 years of basketball coaching experience and a track record of reviving struggling programs. He has enjoyed success at every level, as a player and coach. Once a three-year starter at Sam Houston State, he was fortunate enough to be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1991.

"I certainly want to thank Dr. Kimbrough and Dr. Barnes for having faith in me and my abilities and giving me a chance to resurrect this program at such a great university, said Newell. I'm looking forward to the challenge, and we realize it won't be an overnight thing, but we want to build a total basketball program, one that will succeed year in and year out, not just a one year phenomenon," said Newell.

Newell has been a head coach at the University of West Alabama, the University of Arkansas Monticello (UAM), Lamar University, and the University of Arkansas Little Rock (UALR). During his stint at these NCAA Division 1 and 2 programs, he has racked up 320 total wins, has seven 20 win seasons, has seven NCAA/NIT appearances, one Final Four Appearance (NIT), four regular season conference championships, three conference tournament championships, four coach of the year awards, one sweet 16 appearance (NCAA Division II, one regional final (NCAA-Division II) and produced seven 2,000-point scorers.

"Coach Newell is a gifted teacher of the game of basketball and it is obvious how well he taught me," said 2015 GCAC Coach of the Year Matt Cross. "Beyond that, he is a super talented coach and now the only current Louisiana college coach with two NCAA Division 1 tournament wins to his credit. I couldn't be more thrilled for Dillard to land Mike Newell as their new leader," said Cross.

Cross was an assistant under Newell at UAM and currently coaches at Talladega College where he took his team to the NAIA final four this past season. The two coaches look forward to facing one another at least twice a year as both teams reside in the GCAC.


Ram Ramblings: Hayes, former WSSU star, is homeless for 24 hours

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina -- William Hayes has always been straight with me in our many conversations about growing up in High Point.

Hayes and his family weren’t rich but they were comfortable.

Hayes, a former WSSU football star who has carved out a niche in the NFL as a pass-rushing specialist with the St. Louis Rams, stepped out his element during the off-season by agreeing to pose as a homeless man in the streets of St. Louis.

The 24 hours he spent on the streets were filmed by ESPN for a feature that will air on SportsCenter on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

Hayes and fellow teammate, Chris Long, got into costume and then hit the streets. It should be noted that Hayes wore a bucket hat with the WSSU logo on the front. I’m guessing that’s not the best way for the school to get publicity but it’s better than being on SportsCenter for a restroom brawl before a CIAA championship football game.


SIAC Football Fan Attendance Once Again Leads the Country

ATLANTA, Georgia  – The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (S-I-A-C) once again led the NCAA Division II in football attendance last season. The SIAC has now led all NCAA DII conferences in football attendance for twelve consecutive seasons and for twenty-three of the last twenty-five seasons – dating back to the 1990 season.

"We take great pride our incredible support our fans provide our member schools and student-athletes. The emotional connections which our schools enjoy with their alumni, fans and the communities which they serve is the primary reason our league has led NCAA Division II football attendance twelve consecutive years – and twenty-three of the last twenty-five years," said Gregory Moore, commissioner of the SIAC. "What is important to also bear in mind is that our robust fan support has also been critically important to helping the SIAC to also rank first in NCAA DII by almost every objective digital and social media metric by a fairly wide margin (Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and monthly unique visitors)."

Since 1990, the SIAC led Division II football's average attendance twenty-three times, including totaling 300,000 on seventeen occasions. According to the website, seven SIAC schools ranked in the top thirty in attendance leaders – led by Tuskegee (2nd), Albany State (5th) and Miles (9th) last season.



Rank School G Attendance Average
1. Grand Valley St. 5 58,497 11,699
2. Tuskegee 5 49,799 9,960
3. Pittsburg St. 6 58,878 9,813
4. North Ala. 6 54,389 9,065
5. Albany St. (GA) 3 23,256 7,752
6. Winston-Salem 5 37,609 7,522
7. Northwest Mo. St. 6 44,840 7,473
8. Tarleton St. 3 22,141 7,380
9. Miles 6 44,017 7,336
10. Henderson St. 5 35,904 7,181
11. Midwestern St. 5 35,484 7,097
12. Fort Valley St. 5 33,439 6,688
13. Central Mo. 6 39,444 6,575
14. West Tex. A&M 5 32,874 6,574
15. Colorado St.-Pueblo 8 51,008 6,376

Rank School G Attendance Average
16. Saginaw Valley 6 37,723 6,287
17. Slippery Rock 5 31,056 6,211
18. Tex. A&M-Commerce 6 36,757 6,126
19. Tex. A&M-Kingsville 5 30,567 6,113
20. Lenoir-Rhyne 6 36,553 6,092
21. West Ga. 6 34,796 5,799
22. Indianapolis 5 28,371 5,674
23. Delta St. 6 33,715 5,619
24. Clark Atlanta 6 33,694 5,616
25. Morehouse 3 16,576 5,525
26. Benedict 5 27,613 5,523
27. Virginia Union 6 32,536 5,423
28. Valdosta St. 5 25,735 5,147
29. Shippensburg 5 25,616 5,123
30. Arkansas Tech 5 25,527 5,105

Total 2014 Change

Rank Division II Teams Games Attendance Average In Avg.
1. Southern Intercollegiate# 12 62 388,787 6,271 963
2. Lone Star# 7 38 226,987 5,973 -626
3. Gulf South# 7 39 198,543 5,091 -308
4. Mid-America# 12 67 332,805 4,967 257
5. Great American# 10 53 174,473 3,292 -439
6. South Atlantic 8 41 122,339 2,984 -177
7. Central Intercollegiate 12 59 173,882 2,947 -458
8. Pennsylvania 16 87 248,748 2,859 -62
9. Great Northwest# 7 38 107,566 2,831 70
10. Great Lakes Intercol. 15 83 232,616 2,803 -386
11. Northern Sun 16 92 237,214 2,578 265
12. Rocky Mountain 10 56 131,802 2,354 98
13. Great Lakes Valley# 9 47 101,957 2,169 216
14. Mountain East 10 56 96,024 1,715 -211
15. Northeast-10 10 55 92,585 1,683 -170
Independents 6 32 69,559 2,174 -644

Conference attendance includes home games and neutral site contests between two teams in the same
conference. Independents total includes home game totals and neutral site games between two independent teams.

# Different alignment than in prior year.


The SIAC is a NCAA athletic conference consisting primarily of historically black colleges and universities with headquarters in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The primary mission and purpose of the SIAC is "to leverage intercollegiate athletics to the benefit of our student-athletes and to advance the overarching strategic interests of SIAC member institutions." The SIAC includes 15 member institutions (Albany State University, Benedict College, Central State University, Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, Lane College, LeMoyne-Owen College, Miles College, Morehouse College, Paine College, Spring Hill College, Stillman College, Tuskegee University) which are located within a contiguous six-state footprint (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and Ohio). The SIAC sponsors seven men's and six women's sports and is a proud member of the NCAA Division II.


FAMU President Elmira Mangum to Make Four-city Trip to China as Part of Globalization Efforts

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., will participate in a four-city tour of China in conjunction with the HBCU-China Scholarship Network.

The tour, set for May 30 - June 6, is a part of Mangum’s ongoing efforts to globalize FAMU. Last November, she traveled to Sao Paolo, Brazil as a part of the HBCU-Brazil Alliance, which focuses on expanding access and opportunities for Brazilians to attend college in the United States. FAMU currently serves students from more than 70 nations and has cooperative agreements with universities and organizations in Africa and India.

The HBCU-China Scholarship Network was initiated in 2013 when the presidents of several HBCUs met with the China Education Association for International Exchange and signed an agreement that acknowledged the initiative set forth by the Congressional Black Caucus and China’s Vice Premier Liu Yandong.

This collaboration between the Chinese government and HBCUs provides an opportunity for students at HBCUs to become competent in Chinese history and culture and will enhance their abilities to be successful in the global economy.

Mangum and delegates from seven other HBCUs will visit Beijing, Nanjing, Ningbo, and Shanghai. The visit is designed to enable administrators to solidify and develop relationships through the HBCU-China Scholarship Network.

“This trip shows the global reach of FAMU and HBCUs,” said Mangum. “Moreover, it demonstrates that HBCUs can provide students with the international experience they will need to compete in the 21st-century global economy. The trip to China goes hand-in-hand with my Passport Program, which is intended to ensure that every student who attends FAMU has a passport before they graduate. Acquiring a passport is the first step to obtaining a global education.”

About FAMU
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) is one of the largest single-campus historically Black colleges or universities in the nation. The University blends a strong research focus with a commitment to economic empowerment and community service.

The University was founded in 1887 as the State Normal School for Colored Students. Today, FAMU continues its mission to be a best-in-class, land-grant institution with a global reach that focuses on science, technology, research, engineering, agriculture, and mathematics.

FAMU contributes to a strong workforce by providing a high-quality, affordable education to students from diverse backgrounds.

The CollegeNet and PayScale Social Mobility Index (SMI) have recognized FAMU for its commitment to providing pathways for social and economic mobility. SMI ranks FAMU third among all colleges and universities in the nation for fostering social and economic opportunity. FAMU is also one of the top institutions for providing a high-quality education at an affordable price in Florida, according to The College Database (2013).

U.S. News & World Report lists FAMU as the nation’s top public historically Black college or university (HBCU) for 2015. The University was also recognized among the 2014 U.S. News & World Report “Best National Universities.” It is listed among The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” colleges for 2015.

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